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Bay window blinds and shutters

All blind types can be installed into a bay window. Whatever shape of bay window you have, these are the types of window covering you can choose from -

  • Roman
  • Venetian (Aluminium or wood)
  • Roller
  • Vision or Mirage (‘Zebra’)
  • Vertical louvre
  • Shutters
  • Pleated or Honeycomb (Aka ‘Duette’)

Measurements, as always, but especially in bay windows, are CRITICAL!

It’s important to note that there will almost always be gaps between adjoining blinds, whichever type is chosen, and these need to be kept to a minimum, so it’s really important to consider how big the gaps are, particularly since the gaps vary with each blind type.

Roman blinds look great in a bay, and gaps can be minimal, but you must bear in mind that they add up to quite a lot of fabric at the headrail when pulled up, or opened, so the distance between the blinds has to be adjusted in the corners.

Venetians, and roller blinds can be butted up to each other a little more closely, so reducing any undesirable gaps. But remember that when venetians are closed, the slat lays flat, and this will expose a wider gap than when open.

Roller blinds are similar to vertical blinds, in as much as they need to be positioned away from the frame or handles, and this tends to leave a wider than acceptable gap, between blinds, as well as at the sides where the blinds are against a wall.

‘Vision’ or ‘Mirage’ striped blinds are installed within a head box or cassette which encloses the mechanism and roller, but this does mean that while the head boxes can be installed so they almost touch, the fabric, like a roller blind, will always be narrower than the mechanism, and so larger gaps than expected are likely to be present between the blinds.

Vertical louvre blinds have to be installed to allow the louvres to be turned easily, and not foul any part of the window such as a handle. Even when the narrowest louvres are installed, a gap down the outside edge of the bay is likely to be present when the louvres are closed flat – not ideal for a bedroom, or a window where you need a high level of dim-out.

Shutters are becoming the first choice for many homeowners, both traditional as well as contemporary, particularly to the front elevations of homes. These plantation shutters are effectively ‘built-in’ to the windows, and using a range of different sub frames, there are unlikely to be any gaps at all after installation.

Pleated and Honeycomb blinds are generally made with the fabric at the same width as the head rail, so gaps between are minimal. Some models are installed directly to the window frame, on to the glazing itself or within a ‘Perfect-fit’ frame, that installs with special brackets behind the glazing seals. These types will show a lot less glass or gap between them when installed.

Pleated and Honeycomb blinds are the slimmest blind types, and the fabrics are about as wide as they can be, so these are one of the most practical bay window options.

GENERALLY

If your window faces on to a busy footpath or public area ANY gaps can appear excessive, so always ensure you understand where these gaps will be.

If you’re looking for a high level of dim-out or blackout in your room, the gaps around any blind, particularly when facing into bright sunshine can appear to produce a very bright halo effect.

Our advice is ensure you understand exactly where the blinds will be positioned, how it will work when open and closed, and what level of privacy, sunshade or dim-out it’s likely to provide you with. Ask us – we’ll show you.

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